Detective Pikachu fan artwork, drawn from reminiscence, by the Polygon workers

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Detective Pikachu fan art, drawn from memory, by the Polygon staff

When there’s a thriller to be solved, positive, you’ll be able to go to the police. Or you’ll be able to go to the one electrical mouse who’s assured to show over each stone, regardless of the associated fee. (Presuming, in fact, you’ve given him espresso.)

This week, we’ve challenged the members of Polygon’s workers to attract Detective Pikachu, from reminiscence, in all his yellow glory. That means nobody was capable of search for reference photos of the sparky marvel and his iconic deerstalker cap. How did all of it end up? We’ll allow you to be the decide.

All of the artists are listed under, together with statements on what impressed them to create such masterworks.

Susana Polo

“Lady Detective Pikachu is a powerful impartial lady and a accountable steward of the regulation.”

Simone de Rochefort

“I’ve been practicing My Art a lot so I felt pretty empowered when I drew Detective Pikachu this week. My confidence was not misplaced! Compared to my previous efforts, this is frankly incredible work here. I ran into a problem when I gave Detective Pikachu enormous disgusting rabbit feet. Fortunately I was able to hide these by breaking out a Sharpie and putting him in a cardboard box which is entirely too tall for him.”

Ryan Gilliam

“I got down to construct one thing I’ve seen hundreds of occasions in video games, anime, a characteristic movie. I’ve used Pikachu as my Electric sort since I used to be a toddler. I needed to do justice to my Pikachu: fats Pikachu. The ears, tail, cheek-electricity issues wanted to be excellent. So I put pen to paper, and threw every thing I knew out the window.

Forgive me Pikachu. You gave up your life to guard the streets, and all you bought in return are these Akira Toriyama eyes.

But I don’t remorse placing him on this tremendous creepy duster; a stunning new search for everybody’s favourite electrical mouse.”

Russ Frushtick

“One of these days I’m going to stop drawing these on my phone using my finger. And then you’ll all be sorry. But that day is not today.”

Petrana Radulovic

“I apparently remember lots of details about Detective Pikachu — including his love of coffee! — except for how Pika-feet work, so I gave him a fashionable jacket and called it a day.”

Matt Patches

“I drew this while on the phone with the screenwriter of Braveheart.”

Nicole Carpenter

“This is definitely more Detective Pikachu cat toy than movie character, but the key features are definitely there.”

Patrick Gill

“I just wanted to draw a very tired Pikachu.”

Karen Han

“I was thinking of going by the book and drawing a normal Detective Pikachu, but decided that would be boring. I pivoted to trying to go a more noir-movie-poster-ish direction, hence the face, the gun, and the title card.”

Emily Heller

“Detective Pikachu loves you.”

Chelsea Stark

“I wanted to use charcoals for a gritty, noir theme. Really set the mood as Detective Pikachu goes deep into crime’s seedy underbelly. But then I realized that charcoals are impossible to erase if you can’t decide whether to draw your subject facing forward or in profile. Alas.”

Charlie Hall

“Last time I lucked out with Cloud Strife, which allowed me to just draw a big sharp sword instead of a human form. An adorable critter like this is way over my head, so I called in a secret weapon — my six-year-old daughter. Our styles blend very well together, I think.”

Brian Gilbert

“Did I switch to a digital medium just so I could use a stock image to flesh out the background? I’ll never tell.”

Cass Marshall

“I by no means noticed Detective Pikachu however I mainly assume that is the film. Personally, I’d not belief a Pikachu to steer a homicide investigation.”

Maddy Myers

“This was my first Polygon Draws. Did you know, reader, that there is a 15-minute time limit for submissions? For me, that was more than enough time to try to draw Detective Pikachu from memory. In fact, it was enough time to draw him three times. This was my third attempt. I thought that if I kept trying, I would improve. The previous two attempts look almost identical to this one. I think this shows something about the nature of truth, and also, my unshakable conception of what Detective Pikachu looks like.”

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